"An invaluable and memorable experience" - Meet the West Midlands team

The West Midlands finished in fourth place last year and are looking strong again this year. More colleges than ever are getting involved in the regional tournaments with 25 colleges participating this year, which his six more than last year.

Colleges attending Championships: Walsall College, TNS North Shropshire College, Hartpury College, Birmingham Met College, Joseph Chamberlin College, Newcastle Under Lyme College, Dudley College, The Sixth Form Solihull, City of Stoke On Trent Sixth Form, King Edwards VI, Stourbridge, Sandwell College, Worcester Sixth Form, Hereford Sixth Form, Shrewsbury, Stoke On Trent College, Hereford & Ludlow College

Sports the region is traditionally successful in: men’s hockey, volleyball, disability football, men’s basketball

Ones to watch: The team to watch this year is Stoke on Trent College’s men’s basketball team. Stoke on Trent College have recently become the heavyweights in men’s basketball, and are currently the defending champions.

At the regionals Stoke comfortably got through the group stages, to then beat Sandwell College in the quarters, Shrewsbury College in the semis and Birmingham Met in a very competitive final.

National Championships veteran: It is the second year running that Zak Weaver (Hereford and Ludlow College) has qualified in first place for the men’s singles table tennis competition. This year at regionals Zak faced some healthy competition. The final between Zak and Kyle Day (Hereford Sixth Form) was a great encounter to watch but the end result decided that Zak would return to the Championships for his second year.

What they say: Matt Hammett, Sandwell College

Sandwell College are both proud and delighted to be returning to the AoC National Champs in April. This year the college will be represented across three different sports, with our first ever qualifiers in cross country and badminton.

As a proud and multicultural institution our college will be represented by five learners who were all born outside of the UK, highlighting the wonderful opportunities both Sandwell College and AoC Sport provide for FE learners locally, regionally and nationally.

Whilst the learners will do their best to contribute to the West Midlands team, the experience provided will be an invaluable and memorable one.